Friday, September 30, 2016

More on BWN BIll from FRA

From our great friends at the Fleet Reserve Association [FRA]
Sense of Congress on Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Issue Introduced
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (Rep. N.Y.) and Senator Chuck Grassley (Sen. Iowa) have introduced a non-binding Sense of Congress (H. Con. Res. 161 and S. Con. Res. 51 respectively) expressing support for those who served in the bays, harbors, and territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975. Service members should be presumed to have been exposed to the toxin Agent Orange and should be eligible for all related Federal benefits that come with such presumption under the Agent Orange Act of 1991.
These non-binding measures, if passed, would show Congressional support for the Blue Water Navy veterans and hopefully, will convince the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide this presumption by regulation.
FRA is also still supporting the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R. 969/ S. 961) sponsored by Congressman Chris Gibson (Rep. N.Y.) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Sen. N.Y.) respectively. The House bill has 335 co-sponsors, more than any other bill currently in the House.
Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to weigh in on House and Senate Sense of Congress (H. Con. Res. 161 and S. Con. Res. 51) and pending legislation (S. 681/H.R. 969).
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